“Snoopy Spiders” by Celia Berrell

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Snoopy Spiders

 

Spiders don’t have any ears.

They don’t have any ear-drums.

And so we thought they couldn’t hear

and only felt their webs strum.

But scientists who’ve scanned their brains

noticed they responded

when squeaky chairs and music strains

from far away were sounded.

Special hairs that wobble when

a soundwave moves the air

means jumping spiders hear quite well

through nerves attached to hairs.

These snoopy spiders listen-in

for buzzing enemies

like deadly wasps that sting and sing

some scary melodies!

Inspired by:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/10/13/surprising-spidey-sense-arachnids-can-eavesdrop-quite-well-without-any-ears/?wpisrc=nl_science&wpmm=1

 

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